New Delhi: Senior advocate Anmol Rattan Sidhu resigned from the post of Advocate General (AG) of Punjab citing personal reasons on Monday. Criminal lawyer Vinod Ghai, who took over from Sidhu, became the fifth Advocate General of the state in the past 10 months.
In his letter of resignation, Sidhu wrote, “I am really thankful to the party for giving me a chance to represent the office of the Advocate General, Punjab. Due to personal reasons, I will not be able to serve this prestigious office, therefore, I hereby tender my resignation which may kindly be accepted at the earliest.”
Though the senior advocate cited personal reasons for his resignation, there are several other grounds which could have led to Sidhu leaving the post within 5 months of assuming the office.
Anmol Rattan Sidhu had reportedly requested for more workforce due to the heavy workload. Out of the 178 total vacancies, only 78 law officers were working and the remaining positions were vacant.
Despite the Aam Aadmi Party government taking over from Congress after the Punjab Assembly Elections in March this year, the existing law officers were still ‘holding the fort’ till the new ones could join. They were asked to continue till further orders.
Due to the absence of senior lawyers and his own team, Sidhu was often called into the state courts’ whenever the judges would see the absence of a lawyer representing the Punjab government. In addition, the senior advocate was also expected to appear in the Supreme Court and argue in important matters.
With matters not resolving, the AG of Punjab had already informed people in his proximity a few days ago of the decision he had arrived to.
Sidhu was appointed as the Advocate General in March following the resignation of Deepinder Singh Patwalia after the Punjab Assembly poll results were declared and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came to power in the state.